The contest between the progressive MonoCCD versus the triCCD interlaced hasn't produced a real winner. The JVC GR-PD1 produces a very sharp picture, thanks to its 25p progressive definition and its YUV output. On the other hand, the editing problems due to its MPEG-2 TS encoding heavily penalizes it as far as editing is concerned, which is a pity in view of the price. The Sony DCR-VX2100 has major ergonomic advantages while reproducing a very satisfactory image quality, especially in low light. All this leads us to advise you to choose whichever model best suits your needs:
Why Buy The GR-PD1 ?
- I want to shoot in 25p progressive mode to get optimal image clarity;
- I own a video projector, a monitor or a video capturing device with a Y / Pb / Pr input component;
- I want to film in 16:9 with a wider field;
- I like rather cool colors.
Why Buy The DCR-VX2100?
- I'm looking for a very sensitive camcorder to film in low light;
- I want to be able to edit easily using any kind of software;
- I like having a wide viewfinder of excellent quality;
- I want to be able to make very fine adjustments (shutter speed, exposure and sound);
- I like warm colors.
|Specifications||Sony DCR-VX2100||JVC GR-PD1*|
|Compression||DV||DV / MPEG-2|
|Scan||50i||50i / 50p / 25p|
|CCD capture||3x450 000 pixels||1.18 megapixels|
|Lens diameter||58 mm||52 mm|
|35 mm conversion||43.2 - 518.4 mm||40.3 - 403 mm (in 25p 16:9)|
|Minimum aperture||F 1.6||F 1.8|
|Minimum illumination||1 lux||1 lux|
|Shutter speed||1/4 - 1/10 000||1/12 - 1/1000|
|Viewfinder||color, 180,000 pixels||color, 113,000 pixels|
|LCD display||2.5", 200,000 pixels||3.5", 200,000 pixels|
|Wide screen mode (16:9)||anamorphic||anamorphic wide|
|Photo support||Memory Stick / cassette||SD / cassette|
|Photo resolution||640x480||1280x960, 640x480|
|Tape loading||side-loading, 6 seconds||side-loading, 8 seconds|
|Battery charger||on camcorder||separate charger|
|Battery life||1 hour||1 hour|
|Software||no||MPEG-Edit Studio Pro, MPEG Capture|
|Weight, w/battery||1.6 kg||1.6 kg|
|Dimensions||12.5 x 18 x 34.2 cm||11.4 x 9.9 x 29 cm|
* The North American equivalent is the JVC GR-HD1. As opposed to the JVC GR-PD1, this model shoots in high definition at 1280x720 pixels.